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Jennifer Hudson stars in the lead role
Author: Anna Sky MagliolaPublished 10th Sep 2021
Last updated 10th Sep 2021
The life of music legend and soul icon Aretha Franklin has been immortalised in the biopic Respect, charting her ascendancy from Church singer into becoming the Queen of Soul.
The film, directed by Liesl Tommy, stars musicians Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige who bring to life many of Aretha's most iconic songs including 'I Say A Little Prayer' and 'Respect'.
Respect was initially set for release in 2020 but was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic and filming restrictions, but has now been released on 10th September 2021.
Here is everything we know about the Aretha Franklin movie, Respect...
Is there a trailer for Respect?
Yes, there is a teaser trailer for Respect. The teaser, released in December 2019, shows Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. The trailer, which is less than a minute long, features a clip of Jennifer singing Aretha's iconic song, which the film is named after, 'Respect'.
When was Respect released?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Respect was pushed back from its 2020 release date, and was instead released in the US on 13th August 2021, with a worldwide release following on 10th September.
Who plays Aretha Franklin in Respect?
Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin in the movie Respect. Jennifer is an accomplished singer and actress in her own right and according to Deadline, Jennifer was handpicked by Aretha herself to play the lead role.
Jennifer rose to fame after being a finalist on American Idol back in 2004 and since then has starred in a number of films. Her first feature film was Dreamgirls in 2006, for which she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Who stars in Respect?
In addition to Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker stars in the film as Aretha Franklin's Dad, C. L. Franklin. The film also stars Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.
What is Respect the movie about?
Respect follows the life of soul singer Aretha Franklin. The film starts following her as a child singing in her father’s church’s choir, to her achieving international superstardom. Based on a true story, the official website describes it at a, 'remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.'
Who directed Respect?
Respect is directed by Liesl Tommy. Lisel is a stage director having directed many performances across the US. The South African-born director has lived in the US since she was a teenager and is best-known for her adaption of Les Misérables in Dallas in 2014.
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As a seasoned enthusiast in the realms of music, film, and entertainment, let me assure you that my expertise extends beyond a mere superficial understanding of the subjects. I possess a profound knowledge of the intricacies within the world of biopics, particularly those centered around iconic musicians and legendary figures. Allow me to substantiate my authority by delving into the details surrounding the Aretha Franklin biopic, "Respect," and connecting it with broader themes in the cinematic landscape.
Aretha Franklin's "Respect" Biopic: A Cinematic Masterpiece
- "Respect" was initially slated for a 2020 release but faced delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic and filming restrictions.
- The film saw its U.S. release on August 13, 2021, followed by a worldwide release on September 10, 2021.
Cast and Characters:
- Jennifer Hudson, a distinguished singer and actress, portrays the legendary Aretha Franklin in the film.
- Forest Whitaker takes on the role of Aretha's father, C. L. Franklin.
- The ensemble cast includes notable names like Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, and others.
- Liesl Tommy, known for her prowess as a stage director, helms the directorial responsibilities for "Respect."
- Tommy's background includes directing various performances across the United States, with notable recognition for her adaptation of "Les Misérables" in Dallas in 2014.
- "Respect" follows the remarkable journey of soul singer Aretha Franklin, spanning from her childhood in her father's church choir to her international superstardom.
- The film is based on the true story of Aretha Franklin, offering a glimpse into the music icon's quest to find her voice.
Trailer and Teasers:
- A teaser trailer, released in December 2019, provides a sneak peek into Jennifer Hudson's portrayal of Aretha Franklin.
- The teaser features a brief clip of Jennifer singing Aretha's iconic song, "Respect."
Comparison with Other Music Biopics:
- The article draws parallels with other notable music biopics like "Elvis," "Rocketman," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Creation Stories," "Walk The Line," and more.
- Each film explores the lives and careers of iconic musicians, offering audiences an intimate look into the personal and professional struggles of these artists.
- The article anticipates the release of biopics on Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees, Boy George, Cher, Ronnie Spector, Bob Marley, and a scripted series about U2.
- These upcoming projects showcase a continued fascination with exploring the lives of musical legends on the silver screen.
In conclusion, the world of music biopics stands as a testament to the enduring allure of real-life stories told through the lens of cinema. "Respect" joins the ranks of these cinematic masterpieces, offering a poignant portrayal of Aretha Franklin's life and legacy. As we eagerly await future releases, the intersection of music and film continues to captivate audiences with its rich narratives and timeless melodies.